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Scientists as Texas' Rice University have created a Flash-like non-volatile storage chip technology out of the same material used to put lead in your pencil. Dubbed "graphitic memory", the technique involves placing sheets of graphite between electrodes. Put a specific voltage across the sheet and it cracks. You can use the …

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Pint

Perhaps this will pave the way

...to finally phasing out all laser discs, and possibly mechanical hard discs too. If the price comes down enough, I'd expect a future where all media is solid state, including rental movies and software.

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The mighty crack

I wonder how many read / write cycles the technology can manage before the cracks crack. I think graphite is somewhat resistant to EM fields, compared to transistors, so I bet the military are watching this develop with a distant interest.

I think this will be an interesting one to watch and / or invest in.

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Does this mean...

They still need to check whether it's all it's cracked up to be?

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"the same material used to put lead in your pencil"

All those nice people sending me emails about c1alis and v1agra will be enhappied with this news.

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@Cristoph

Get your coat, and get out. :-p

Does look like a nice invention though.

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A new, more mechanical, approch

to erasing?

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i like this

simple yet effective

Well done boffins

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Patent submitted...

... for the USB Pencil drive.

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Resistant to EM fields

No Its not! Not in this useage.. remeber EM fields induce current/voltage in conductors, be that wires, pcb tracks or silicon tracks or graphite tracks... apply significant current/voltage to Graphite 'cell' and it heals.. Therefore EM will wipe the memory.

EM affects any memory that is writen by magnetic/electrical means and also anything that can be overwritten by spurious current in the control circuitry! (imagine a non electrical say a special glass light memory, if an em pulse caused an led to light it could overwrite light memory! even though the memory medium itself would not be affected.)

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May I be the first

to give a sincere and utterly grovelling welcome our new carbon based overlords.

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hmmm

How resistent is that to being dropped? and if it breaks or your desperate to give someone some data and don't have a PC to hand can you just crack it open and write the data down manually (albeit in truely write once operation)

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@Sam Green

Nice word. Well done!

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Paris Hilton

Looks like some nice research

But I only let her put lead in mine.

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Nice paper, but ...

Well sorry to be a naysayer but we already have a highly effective solid state storage system, its called flash memory. This isn't even solid state. Plus its a couple of decades behind in commercial investment to develop the technology. Another irrelevant but nice new way of storing bits story. Yawn.

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